The play Pachulia was cited for took place during the Hawks’ win over the Wizards on Dec. 7. Kevin Seraphin secures the rebound, and swings his elbows to clear some space.
Seraphin whiffs at hitting Pachulia in the head, but you wouldn’t know it by Zaza’s reaction. He jerks his head back, then brings his hand to his nose as if contact was actually made, before wildly flailing backward.
Thankfully, the referee was right there, and close enough to see that no contact was made.
The majority of flopping occurs as a way for players to exaggerate actual contact in order to get a call from the officials. When a referee clearly can see that a player is falsifying the contact altogether, he should have the authority to whistle that player for a technical foul — that’s the only way we’re going to put an end to ridiculous plays like these that have an adverse affect on the way the game is played.
As it stands now, Pachulia simply receives an official warning for the despicable behavior. The league’s policy states that a $5,000 fine will be levied for his next offense, followed by increasing fines for continuing to violate the policy.
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The 1980s were back in Cleveland Friday night. Well, not completely, Bernie Kosar wasn’t leading the Browns to contention (although man, could they use him now).
No, the ’80s were back in the form of the throwback orange Cavaliers uniforms. And to complete the theme, the Cavaliers players dressed up and Rick-rolled the intro video — they did the complete “classic” Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” And it was awesome.
Second-year forward Sam Dekker is finding a comfort zone in the Mike D’Antoni offense in Houston. Healthy this season, he is coming off the bench for 18 minutes a night, and his game where he is quick and can also hit the three is fitting perfectly with Houston’s system, leading him to 6.7 points a game.
Also, he can run the floor. And finish.
As Enes Kanter found out when he hustled, got back in transition defense, and wasn’t going to stop Dekker from getting to the rim.
LeBron James has been climbing the NBA’s All-time scoring list fast the past couple years, passing Hakeem Olajuwon last season to move into the top 10.
Friday night LeBron passed another legend, Elvin Hayes, who spent the prime of his career with the Washington Bullets and was an NBA champion, six-time All-NBA and 12-time All-Star from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.
LeBron passed Hayes with a vintage LeBron bucket, bringing the ball up in transition, then just using his quickness and strength to power to the rim.
LeBron’s not done, he should pass Moses Malone in the next week or so. Here is the NBA’s All-time scoring Top 10. (As a side note, if you count ABA scoring in the mix LeBron is 11th because Julius Erving and Dan Issel both pass him. For now.)
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38387
2. Karl Malone 36928
3. Kobe Bryant 33643
4. Michael Jordan 32292
5. Wilt Chamberlain 31419
6. Dirk Nowitzki 29552
7. Shaquille O’Neal 28596
8. Moses Malone 27409
9. LeBron James 27315
10. Elvin Hayes 27313